Parents and Kids

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is a new parent's worst nightmare - the sudden death of an infant less than one year of age, most frequently during the night - that has no immediately obvious cause. Although the cause may never be realized, the most likely causes of SIDS are suffocation, asphyxia, entrapment, infection, ingestions, metabolic disease, congenital heart conditions and trauma (either intentional or unintentional.) 

There are only a few measures that can be taken to minimize the risk of SIDS. And, New York City is making it a priority to educate new parents and caregivers about them.

A new SIDS public health campaign has hit the streets and we applaud NYC for it. 

The rate of SIDS deaths started to fall in the early 1990s with the implementation of...

Last weekend when walking through our local garden shop I found some really beautiful flowering plants for sale — ready to be installed in one's spring and summer garden. One of the showiest was the Foxglove (Digitalis purpurea). What I didn't see, however, was any notice that this plant could be cardiotoxic — after all, this is the original source of the medication digoxin. So if you don't eat it or drink tea made from it, you're ok. But children and pets are known to nibble on things they shouldn't, so information about what isn't a smart snack choice could be useful to people planning a garden, or just trying various "natural" plants and products. Here's a few known to be problematic and their potential effects.

Nerium...

In our latest intallment of #KuriousKiddos, Karson and Owen wanted to know: What makes our eyes red after swimming? Your first thought may be chlorine, but another culprit is to blame. Gross alert!

Now that I'm in the second trimester, I'm starting to think about baby bottles, sippy cups, and all that fun stuff. But all the options online leave me thinking I don't have much choice when it comes to BPA-free bottles. And I don't mean lack there of. 

One day in second grade, the entire class was lined up outside the nurse’s office for, of all things, eye exams. One by one we dutifully took our position at the mark and began to read the eye chart. I know I got the E for sure, perhaps the F and P. But I could go no further. The nurse handed me a note to take home, to get a pair of glasses. I immediately, without hesitation, displaced of my fears and anxiety onto the nurse (and act I was, unfortunately, going to repeat several times in my professional career [1]) accusing her of making me stand further back than the other kids, of somehow making this test more difficult for me. How could this be? I certainly didn’t want to be a four-eyes.

I wound up getting glasses, and suddenly words on the page were actually clear. Who knew...

With new pregnancy come new health story ideas! Indulge me for a minute: we've started a new segment called The Pregnancy Diaries. Let's talk health issues, questions and expectations when expecting!

First up: Ana Dolaskie's Top Five First Trimester Woes!

 

 

The FDA has been busy lately, from protecting children from fake autism treatments to putting enough pressure on the makers of homeopathic teething remedies to result in a recall of the products.

But the agency does not intend to stop there. It is now cracking down on the use of opioid-containing drugs for children. But, is this an overreaction? Maybe.

The FDA has restricted the use of prescription pain and cough medicines with codeine or tramadol (for pain) for children and breastfeeding mothers. They want to remind health care professionals that tramadol (1)...

You've heard of being in a fog while pregnant, but is there science to back this up? A little bit. Watch our video to find out.

Plus, a bonus announcement from Ana Dolaskie.

Fourteen is a big year of transition in many kids' lives... Whether it's the start of dating, getting their own phone, or learning how to drive, it is a time when they can start to do more on their own. That includes, according to new research.... crossing the street safely? 

It seems so, at least in simulations. A new study from the University of Iowa shows that, before their teen years, children do not have the perceptual judgment to cross a road with traffic safely. This affirms common wisdom. It's why we have school crossing guards for small children.

In order to test their perceptual ability, children ages 6 to 14 years old tried to cross a video-simulated road with traffic. Each child, in...

We want to hear what kids around the nation (and globe!) want to know about science and health. Kicking off our new segment, #KuriousKiddos, are Isaiah and Gabriel who ask us this: Our mom dilutes our juice with water because she says too much sugar is bad for us. Is it healthier to drink diluted juice or the real deal?

Watch the video to hear our answer!

If you'd like to submit a question to #KuriousKiddos, please e-mail us at: simovskaa@acsh.org